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About Me

Personal and Corporate Bankruptcy, Commercial Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy Litigation.

Founded in 1993 by Melinda D. Middlebrooks, Esq. and the late Richard Shapiro, Esq., our Firm continues to provide our Bankruptcy Clients (Chapter 7, 13 and 11) with large firm experience and effectiveness with the attention and affordability that only a boutique bankruptcy firm can offer.  

A Wide Spectrum of Legal Matters. 

Our attorneys have the experience to handle a range of interconnected legal matters in addition to our main Bankruptcy practice, including State and Municipal Court Matters (law suits, speeding tickets, criminal offenses), Matrimonial and Estate Matters (divorce, wills and advanced directives), Real Estate Matters, and beyond. 

Creative Debt Solutions for Home and Business Owners.

Our Firm can tailor an effective solution that suits your unique financial situation.   Whether you are seeking a loan modification or an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors, our Firm can counsel you on the correct strategy to meet your financial goals.


Languages Spoken: Spanish

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Practice Areas


  1. Debt & Lending Agreements: 25%
  2. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 15%
  3. Litigation: 15%
  4. Bankruptcy & Debt: 15%
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 



Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Nathan Andrew Sheffield

    I am proud to endorse Melinda Middlebrooks. She is a stellar attorney who maintains a level of interaction with her clients that is truly admirable.


    Nathan Sheffield Entertainment Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • William Mackin

    I have known Melinda for many years. She is one of those rare attorneys who possess both passion in representing her clients and compassion for their circumstances. Melinda enjoys a well deserved reputation among fellow lawyers, judges and her clients as an intelligent, professional, and ethical practitioner. She is an extremely capable attorney and I have no hesitation in endorsing her because of her excellent abilities.


    William Mackin Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Middlebrooks Shapiro, P.C.

841 Mountain Avenue
First Floor
Springfield, NJ, 07081



Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reprimanded
    issued in NJ, 2013


    This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Fifty Women in BusinessNJBiz2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AssociateMcCarter & English, LLP1986 - 1993
Judicial Law Clerk to Chief Judge Vincent J. CommisaUnited States Bankruptcy Court1985 - 1986
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Supreme Court of New Jersey, District X Fee Arbitration CommitteeSecretary1999 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Morris County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Bankruptcy American Inn of CourtMasterN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re: De La Concha TobaconnistConfirmed Chapter 11
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Publication NameTitleDate
New Jersey Lawyer - The Magazine of the New Jersey Bar AssociationIRAs: Who Gets the Money?2005
New Jersey Lawyer - The Magazine of the New Jersey Bar AssociationWhat Every Practicioner Should Know About Bankruptcy Before One is Filed?1999
Section 363 Sales - Strategies and Pitfalls Seminar, Essex County Bar Association, Debtor / Creditor Committee and Equity Jurisprudence SectionAuthority for Sales and Related Statutory Provisions1997
Essex County Bar Association, Debtor / Creditor Committee and Equity Jurisprudence SectionLitigating Real Estate Disclosure Issues in Non-Dischargeablility Actions1996
Essex County Bar Association, Debtor / Creditor Committee and Equity Jurisprudence SectionEffectiveness of Writ of Attachment Upon the Filing of a Petition in Bankruptcy1994
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seton Hall University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Vanderbilt UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Columbia UniversityN/AMA - Masters1977
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Educational Legal ClinicBankruptcy2012
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationCollection Practice Made Easy2004